Check out photos from recent events below!
Annual Center BBQ
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Noon – 4 PM
Dr. Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Shutler was posthumously awarded this year’s Golden Trowel. Pete Hoffman, Pam Martin, and Chris Vedborg were our Outstanding Volunteers, each working over 300 hours in the last year at the Center. Jim Bonk took home 1st place in the Salsa Competition. Dr. Tim Gross’s band Head First entertained the crowd. The Silent Auction was a big success.
Battle of San Diego Bay Anniversary Celebration
April 14, 2018
11:30 am – 3 pm
There were historic displays and reenactments of the naval battle at the Naval Base Point Loma, as well as Spanish dance, food, and drinks. The Center’s Dr. Ad Muniz presented the keynote address entitled The Stones of Guijarros: Archaeology, History, and Culture that covered the topic of artifacts as a part of human culture.
Members Only: 25th Anniversary Party
February 10, 2018
1 pm – 3 pm
Members enjoyed an afternoon of food, wine courtesy of Forgotten Barrel Winery, and Center history. Guests could test their knowledge with number match and artifact stations as well as tour behind the scenes of the Center.
Congratulations to our raffle winners: Dr. Tim Gross, Jim Bryant, Tim Wolfe, and Joanna Masters.
Annual Holiday Sale and Author Meet & Greet
December 3, 2017
10 am – 2 pm
The holiday season is finally here! Come by the Center to find unique items that are sure to impress and meet authors whose works include various aspects of San Diego County history. The authors will be available for questions and to sign copies of their books.
There was a wide selection of jewelry, art objects, books, and much more.
Fall Back Festival
November 5, 2017
11 am – 4 pm
The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation celebrated its 16th annual Fallback Festival in the heart of Downtown San Diego. The Center enjoyed providing family-friendly activities to the public.
Arch in the Park
October 21, 2017
10 am – 3 pm
The San Diego Archaeological Center participated in Arch in the Park, an educational day at Los Peñasquitos Adobe Ranch House. The annual event had plenty of activities, games, raffles and exhibits for the family to enjoy.
Friday Night Liberty at Liberty Station
October 6, 2017
5 pm – 9 pm
To coincide with California Archaeology Month, the San Diego Archaeological Center hosted a small reception and display at the San Diego Museum Council office. The display highlighted the history of the Army and Navy in Point Loma, and local historian Mary Ellen Cortellini shared some of her research on Officer’s Row in the 1900s.
October 1, 2017
10 am – 1 pm
The Kids Free in October kick-off event took place at the New Children’s Museum Park in Downtown San Diego. Families were invited to check out fun, hands-on activities by member museums and enjoy interactive performances.
First Annual SDAC Student Symposium
September 30, 2017
8 am – 5 pm
The First Annual SDAC Student Symposium was held at the San Diego Archaeological Center on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The symposium – “Archaeology of Tomorrow”- highlighted current research and projects from undergraduate and graduate students for all areas of the New World and Old World.
Experimental Archaeology: Traditional Pottery Making with Kurt McLean
September 16 & 23, 2017
10 AM – 2 PM
In this two-part workshop, participants learned to construct and fire a traditional vessel using the paddle and anvil pottery-making method. A special thanks to Kurt McLean for leading a successful program!
Smithsonian Museum Day Live!
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10 am – 2 pm
Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.
Presentation and Perseid Meteor Shower
Archaeoastronomy in Northern Baja California with José “Pepe” Aguilar
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Pepe Aguilar discussed his current archaeoastronomical studies in Baja California. Guests were invited to stay after the presentation for s’mores and a chance to view the Perseid meteor shower away from the city lights.
Dennis R. Gallegos, First People: A Revised Chronology for San Diego County
Presentation & Book Signing
Saturday, July 29, 2017
11 AM – 1 PM
Local archaeologist Dennis R. Gallegos presented his new book! Thanks to those who attended the presentation. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.
Flintknapping with James Bowden
Saturday, June 17, 2017
11 AM – 1 PM
Our annual flintknapping workshops were led by the very talented James Bowden of Past to Present Programs & Trading Post. Pictures of the event will be posted soon! Thanks to all who attended.